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VOL. 132 | NO. 207 | Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Highline Aftermarket Expands at Memphis HQ

Highline Aftermarket, a manufacturer and distributor of automotive chemicals, lubricants, parts, tools and related accessories, is expanding its existing Memphis presence and headquarters in Memphis.

DMC Acquires Main Street Building, Will Issue RFP

Members of the Center City Development Corp. have approved an option contract to purchase a 29,000-square-foot building at 18 S. Main St. with the hopes issuing an RFP (request for proposal) to prospective developers interested in buying and renovating the property.

Fincher Says 'Very Close' To Senate Run

Former Tennessee Congressman Stephen Fincher said Tuesday, Oct. 17, he is probably going to run for the U.S. Senate seat Bob Corker is giving up starting with the 2018 Republican primary.

Brooks Pursues Riverfront Site for New Museum

The board of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art announced Tuesday, Oct. 17, it is working with city government to relocate the museum from its Overton Park home to a Downtown site on Front Street between Union and Monroe avenues.

Memphis Candy-Maker Dinstuhl's Celebrating 115 Years

Enduring for five generations to celebrate its 115th birthday this year was no lucky turn of events for Dinstuhl’s Fine Candy Co. Inc.

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EVENTS

Tennessee Shakespeare Company continues its Shakespeare Shout-Out Series with a “free, fun and fast” performance of “Romeo and Juliet” Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 2:15 p.m. near the University of Memphis Theatre Building, 3475 Central Ave. Shakespeare’s classic tale of young love and mortal violence unfolds during a 90-minute performance that’s fast, physical and daring. Cost is free; no tickets needed. Shout-Out Series shows continue through Nov. 10. Visit tnshakespeare.org for a schedule.

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City Lays Out Numerous Options in Confederate Monuments Controversy

The city administration and Memphis City Council laid out numerous paths forward in the Confederate monuments controversy Tuesday, Oct. 17, that include closing Health Sciences Park entirely or building a memorial to lynching victims in the park plaza where a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest is now the centerpiece.

Last Word: Fincher in Autumn, Brooks and Mud Island and 115 Years of Chocolate

This is a very autumnal part of the political season. Leaves falling and moving toward the end of the calendar year. But before you get too into the year-end holidays, candidates are making their declarations about what they will be running for in the new year. It’s a light touch when it’s done right – just a way of letting you know they will be around once the holiday trappings are put back in the closet on the other side of New Year’s.

County Commission Advances Pay Raises

Shelby County Commissioners advanced pay raises Monday, Oct. 16, for 19 elected offices including their own, but vote totals on the three separate pay ordinances varied.

Barber Brings Moral Mondays Push to Memphis

The North Carolina minister leading the national “Moral Mondays” movement came to Memphis Monday, Oct. 16, with a call to join a “poor people’s campaign” movement and sign pledge cards that include being “willing to take direct action including civil disobedience.”

Law Firm Leases Keep East Submarket Strong in Q3

Despite a growing trend of major businesses relocating Downtown, the East submarket still led the way by a large margin in office leasing volume in the third quarter.

Four Apply for Criminal Court Judge Seat

Four local attorneys have applied for appointment by the governor to be a Shelby County Criminal Court judge.

NBA NOTEBOOK

Roster Moves Show Grizzlies Know They Can’t Put Tomorrow Ahead of Today

From the time training camp opened this year, forward Jarell Martin was considered likely to be left on the outside looking in when the Grizzlies made their final roster cuts. Martin was a first-round selection in the 2015 NBA Draft, but speculation was he would be competing with young Deyonta Davis, a second-round pick in 2016, for the last roster slot on the front line. And because Davis was just 20 and considered raw but with much potential, Martin would lose out.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Pettit Joins Food Bank As Chief Development Officer

Attorney Peter Pettit has joined Mid-South Food Bank as chief development officer following his recent retirement as a partner in the Memphis office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. In his new role, Pettit works closely with food bank leaders to develop strategies and relationships with major gift donors, and specifically is working to complete the $12.5 million “Hunger to Hope” capital campaign.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Power Of Punctuation

Your words are an incredibly powerful business tool that you use each and every day. This is especially true during your job search. Not surprisingly, the punctuation around those words can be just as important as the words themselves.

Avoid These Top Sales Excuses

Sales greats have the ability to adapt based on their audience, are able to embrace rejection as an express pass to their next “yes” and generally have a high degree of emotional intelligence. But even veteran sales pros can fall into the trappings of excuse making as a way to cope with sales hurdles. 

Medicare Open Enrollment Season is Here

If you are a Medicare enrollee, you should know that open enrollment takes place from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2017. Any changes you make to your coverage will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Since your health care priorities are likely to change over time, you might find it beneficial to review and make alterations to how you structure your Medicare solution.

STATEWIDE

$12M Parking, Shopping Renovations for Grand Ole Opry House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The iconic Grand Ole Opry House in Tennessee's capital city will undergo a $12 million expansion to add parking, larger retail space and an enhanced area for backstage tours.

Pilot Flying J Agreed to Pay Legal Costs of Former Staffers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The truck stop chain controlled by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has publicly distanced itself from former employees charged with defrauding customers. But court records show the board of Pilot Flying J has agreed to pay the ex-staffers legal bills.

REGIONAL NEWS

'Very Unusual' Mistrial in Woman's Burning Death

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) – The jury in the tense murder trial of a Mississippi man charged with setting a 19-year-old friend on fire and leaving her to die handed a bailiff a note: They have reached a verdict.

Ole Miss, Nutt Say They've Reached Lawsuit Settlement

The University of Mississippi and former football coach Houston Nutt say they have reached an agreement to resolve Nutt's lawsuit against the school.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Indicates Fed Search Down to 5 Finalists

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is likely to make his selection for the next Federal Reserve chairman from five candidates, a group that includes current Chair Janet Yellen.

Senators Reach Deal on Resuming Payments to Health Insurers

WASHINGTON (AP) – Key senators reached a breakthrough deal Tuesday on resuming federal payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked. Insurers had warned that unless the money is quickly restored, premiums will go up.

EDUCATION

VA Seeks 'Narrow' Exemption to For-Profit College Ethics Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will proceed with a narrow waiver to a federal ethics law banning employees from receiving benefits from for-profit colleges. The move comes after VA abruptly dropped plans for a broader exemption, citing criticism from government watchdogs about conflicts of interest.

MEDIA

Univision Goes Dark for Verizon's Cable Customers

NEW YORK (AP) – Univision's channels have gone dark for Verizon's 4.7 million Fios cable customers because of a contract dispute.

TECHNOLOGY

Google's Pixel 2: A Phone Built for Artificial Intelligence

NEW YORK (AP) – What's most fascinating about Google's new Pixel 2 phone is what's to come.

Microsoft Rolls Out New Windows 10 Update and Laptops

Microsoft has begun rolling out an update to its Windows 10 operating system, hoping to spark enthusiasm for its virtual- and augmented-reality ambitions.

Self-Driving Cars Could Ease Traffic, But Increase Sprawl

BOSTON (AP) – A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl.

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